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Smiley Lewis

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by Smiley Lewis

Biography

Overton Amos Lemons, 5 July 1913, DeQuincy, Louisiana, USA, d. 7 October 1966, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. While failing to gain the commercial plaudits his work deserved, this New Orleans-based artist was responsible for some of that city’s finest music. He made his recording debut, as Smiling Lewis, in 1947, but his strongest work appeared during the 50s. ‘The Bells Are Ringing’ (1952) took him into the US R&B chart, and his biggest hit came three years later with ‘I... Read more

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blues
new orleans
rhythm and blues
rock n roll
50s
rhythm & blues
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